Photo Sharing for DNCB

The following documents are available for download:
Photo Sharing for DNCB.pdf
– fully-formatted version of document below (20 pages)
Appendix 1_tags_Locations.pdf
Appendix 1, Flickr tags for Locations & Events (3 pages)
Appendix 2_tags_Species.pdf
Appendix 2, Flickr tags for Species names (6 pages)

Viewing DNCB photos on Flickr.pdf – by Jack MacDonald (3 pages, PDF)
– see also web page Viewing DNCB photos on Flickr

DNCB Photographers

Moving from Picasa to Flickr

by Glen Bodie

v. 1.6, 28 February, 2019

***Some formatting has been lost in translation from the original
Photo Sharing for DNCB.pdf is the fully-formatted version of the document below***

Table of Contents

One Pager: Adding your pictures to Flickr and the DNCB Group revised 27 Oct. 2016

Detailed discussion for DNCB Photogs new to Flickr

Introducing some of the features of Flickr
Preparation for uploading to Flickr
Steps to follow to add your pictures

Appendix 1: Recommended tags to use for Location

Appendix 2: Recommended naming to use for Species

Appendix 3: Priority features and how they are supported within Flickr


1.0    24 Aug 2016    First release
1.1    02 Sep 2016     Improved one-pager, adds to Appendix 1
1.2    08 Sep 2016     More changes to Appendix 1, added Event codes
1.3    16 Sep 2016     More changes to Appendix 1
1.4    27 Oct 2016      Update to the one-pager
1.5    09 Oct 2018      Update the lists of Events and Locations (Appendix 1)
1.6    28 Feb 2019     Update the lists of Events and Locations (Appendix 1)

One Pager: Adding your pictures to Flickr and the DNCB Group

This assumes that you already have created a Flickr account and know how to use Flickr.  If you need additional details, they are in the 20 page version of this document on the DNCB Blog.

We created a Group called DNCB at  The following will help all Photogs add photos in the same way and thus make it more likely that random Viewers will be able to find what they’re looking for.  There are 2 group Admins so far (Jack MacDonald and Glen Bodie) if you need help.

  1. Clean up and prepare all your pictures on your Desktop.  If you have the tools, you can also update the JPG files with Title, Description and Tags.
  2. Login to your personal Flickr account, open the Uploadr image0071 and drag ‘n’ drop all the photos from your desktop folder onto the Uploadr web page.  Set this metadata in the Uploadr:
    1. On all photos (if you haven’t already added these Tags on your Desktop):
      1. Add a tag for the DNCB Outing as YYYY-## as given in the Blog and the Blog Archive (see and at the same time you can also…
      2. Add a tag for the Location(s) as described in Appendix 1.
      3. Add a “DNCB” tag. Doing all these tags at once saves you time.
      4. Add to Group: select DNCB, your pictures will get sent there automatically when the Uploadr finishes publishing them (Step 3 below).
      5. Optional: Create a new Album to hold all these pictures (recommended).
      1. On each photo (if you haven’t already added these fields on your Desktop):
        1. Edit the Title field to contain the Bird Species (see Appendix 2). It can be the full name of the bird with additional qualifiers, or as simple as “Gull”.
        2. Edit the Description field if there is more to say than just the Species (you may want to save the image # here because Flickr will lose that when it uploads the image file).
        3. Add any other Tags you want (e.g., your name, species, features?). Tags for DNCB, the Outing # and Location are required tags for the DNCB group. The Species goes in the Title. Follow the Appendices for Outing #, Location and Species.

        Note: all photos in the DNCB Group must be Public viewable (that’s the default setting).
        Note: all photos are tagged by default with you as the Owner and All Rights Reserved.
        Note: contact an Admin if you do not want to use a personal Flickr account for your DNCB pictures.

        1. Complete the Upload / Publishing (button in the top right)Upload 1 Photo.
        2. Optional: If you made an Album, open it and set the cover picture, and sort the pictures by the date taken or by manually moving them around. Albums are helpful for organizing lot of pictures in your account.
        3. Optional: Use the Organizr and select your Album to put some or all of the photos on the Map.

        For your existing Flickr photos that are not tagged or in Albums or added to the DNCB group:

        1. Click on Albums, Create new Album, give it a Title, add the photos from the Findr area across the bottom and Save.
        2. Click on Batch Organize, select your Album or select “todays” pictures at the bottom, click all and drag the pictures up to the main part of the screen, add mandatory tags (DNCB, Outing #, Location) and Send to Group.
        3. Optional: Select Map and place those photos on the right place on the Map.

        Detailed discussion for DNCB Photogs new to FlickrIntroducing some of the features of Flickr

          • Join Flickr at We are recommending that all photogs create a Flickr account for themselves. It’s a good tool for all of your photo sharing needs, and having your own account makes it easier/better for you to post your pictures for viewing by the DNCB readership. Besides, the Flickr account is FREE for 1 Tb of storage! People do NOT have to have a Flickr account just to view your pictures … viewing will be made Public.
            • Your Flickr account requires you to get a email address which is your Flickr logon ID. You will also have a “screen name” which is how you are recognized within Flickr by anyone looking at your pictures.
            • You can (and should) change the primary email notification so that messages from Flickr and Flickr users goes to a mailbox you normally look at. Login as you and at the top right corner there is an icon for your account. If you click on it you get a popup menu and a link across the bottom of it says Settings. A display comes up with 4 tabs. You might want to change several things, but for now go to “Emails & Notifications” and click the “edit” link to the right of “Your contact email(s)”. Add another email address, respond to the verification it sends to that email address and then make that email address your Primary one.
            • Sooner or later, you ought to change the “Buddy icon” for your account. This is a small picture of something that you want to represent you in lists and things.
            • On your main Flickr page in the top right area there is a search bar. Type in DNCB and click Search Groups. That will find the DNCB group that we have set up. Click the Join button and it will tell you that membership is by invitation only, and give you a place to send a message to the Group Admin to be added to the group. It may take a day or two before the Admins notice your request and act on it. If you can wait until you’ve been added before trying all the steps below it might make it easier to follow.
            • Now for some explanations of some of the key features of Flickr that we’ll be using:
              • Camera Roll – pictures get uploaded into this view of your pictures, and only you can see this view by default. The pictures are in “most recent picture first” order by default. You can view pictures from here, select pictures, edit the information about them and “tag” them (more on tagging later). By default, all pictures you upload are stored as “All rights reserved”.
            • One of the views is called Magic View and it groups the pictures by what it THINKS they contain. It is very clever, often fatally wrong, sometimes just amusing. It automatically analyzes the pictures and puts “tags” on it that it thinks are appropriate. I am learning that the only tags that are right are the ones I add myself, and you should definitely be doing some tagging of your photos (more on tagging later). It matters.
          • Photostream – this is the subset of your Camera Roll that others can see depending on the security you applied to your pictures and who is the viewer. For our purposes, anything we want to post for the DNCB we will make Public.
          • Albums – within your account you can group pictures together into an Album, very similarly to what we used to do in Picasa. You pick the pictures that you want in the Camera Roll, and at the bottom of the screen there is an Add to Album link to add to an existing Album or create a New one. Once created, you can open the Album to view it, click on “Edit in Organizer” at the top of the Album to change the order of the pictures and make some changes to all of the pictures. From this view you can Batch edit and (as an example) send all the pictures to a Group.
          • Groups – we have a DNCB group. This is not an account like your personal Flickr account. It is a virtual place where all the photogs can put some or all of their pictures. This is where the DNCB blog will send people to see our pictures from a weekly outing. It’s going to be a bit of a change for all those viewers because Groups cannot contain Albums. That means that they will have to know a bit more about how to find the recent outing (or any other outing for that matter). We’ve added some help information for anyone who comes to the group. It becomes VERY important for the photogs to tag their photos well so that they can be found! But it’s even more useful to someone trying to learn about the birds because they can see all the pictures of a Swan (for example) or all the pictures from Serpentine Fen (for example). But it will take some practice.
          • Groups can also contain Discussions about anything you want. We already have a few discussions started to help people with Naming things and finding things.
          • Right now there are 2 different views of pictures called Groups: the original Flickr version and the new Beta version of the New Group Experience! You can toggle back and forth between them. They behave is slightly different ways but the newer one is better and will eventually replace the original. All descriptions following in this write-up are using the Beta version.


This is the Beta View of a Group:

– Admin Blast text is above the pictures
– Photo Pool Line just above pictures
– bottom right corner has a Beta Group switch you can turn off.


This is the Original View of a Group:
– Admin Blast text is beside the pictures
– Doesn’t say Photo Pool anywhere
– line across the top just above the Swallows gives you a link to go back to the Beta version

If you are not logged in with a Flickr account, I think you only can see the Beta version.

    • Tagging –When you upload a picture, you get to define many things “about the picture” (called meta data). You can add Tags which are one word each and these are words that people might want to search for if they were looking for your picture. The kind of thing to include here is the Location and the Species of bird. The search engine is completely literal and it will only find full word matches – but if we are disciplined in the tags we apply to pictures, searches will be successful. We are proposing a list of standard location names and standard bird names for everyone to reduce the variation that could result in pictures not getting found.
    • We don’t yet know for sure if we can transfer all of our saved pictures from Picasa and Google Photos into Flickr. The first problem is to get them all out of Picasa/Google WITH their captions and organization into Albums. The second problem is to take all that metadata and structure and somehow import it into Flickr. We’re working on finding ways. If we fail, we may have to rely on Google Photos and Picasa Web Archives for our “history”. We’re working on it.

Preparation for uploading to Flickrimage005

      • You have taken photos and uploaded them to your computer.
      • You have done all the image modification that you need on your computer. There are lots of programs for this so, if you’re not sure what tool to use, just ask some other photog for some suggestions.
      • You have identified the bird species in each photo. Read the info on tagging for why this matters. You could:
        a) edit the Title field in the EXIF metadata, accessible by many tools including the Details tab of the File Properties in Windows Explorer (shown here), or
        b) update the filename of each photo to contain the name of the bird, possibly something like:
        “YYYY Location Photo# – Bird.jpg”,
        and Flickr will use the filename as the Title, or
        c) wait and put the Species name on the picture Title when you are uploading it to Flickr.
      • You have identified the specific list of pictures you want to present for DNCB.

    • You’re ready to get them onto the DNCB site ….

Steps to follow to add your pictures

  1. Using your web browser, go to and logon to your personal Flickr account. If you are just a casual uploader and don’t want to get a Flickr account OR if you already have a Flickr account but you don’t want all your messy DNCB photos to be seen there, then you can also login using the DNCB account at with the same password as we used with the Picasa site. If you do that, your pictures will not be associated with your name unless you also add a tag giving your name or Flickr screen name so people can use that to search for you if they like your pictures.
  2. Near the upper right corner of the screen, click on the little icon that looks like image007 to upload new pictures. The upload page will open.
  3. Open your file explorer to the folder where you have all your pictures to be uploaded. Select all of the ones you want to upload, and drag and drop them onto the Flickr upload page. There is SO MUCH space available to you in Flickr that you maybe just want to upload every frame you ever shot. Once the ones you want have all been uploaded, they appear as small images with the filename below and a place to enter the Description. Suggested actions:
    1. Highlight all the photos (they have a red border when highlighted) and add a tag for the DNCB Outing. See the numbering used in the Blog – the recent trip to Salt Spring was 2016-32, so they are all YYYY-## format. A complete historical list of these Outing numbers is provided on the Blog site at:
    2. Highlight all the photos and add a tag for the location. See Appendix 1 following and also included in the DNCB Group Discussion.
    3. By default, all of your photos are tagged as “Public viewable and searchable”, Safe for minors to see, and All Rights Reserved to you. You can change any of these settings if you want by highlighting the pictures you want to change and clicking on Owner Settings in the left side menu. Any pictures that you are sending to the DNCB Group have to be Public view because people who are not Flickr members need to be able to see them.
    4. Identify the Species. There are a number of ways this COULD be done, but we really all need to agree on the one way we will all use so that searches across all of our photos will be successful. Our proposal is that you use the top line underneath the small picture which is the Title field from your EXIF data, or your file name. The search algorithm will do a full word, full text search (not case sensitive) of that Title field but it does NOT handle wild cards or partial words. That means Heron is different than Herons, and of course Great Blue Heron is not the same as GBH.We recommend that you use the FULL name of each bird, so far as you know it, include the hyphens and avoid all short forms and plurals. For any given species in your photo you do NOT have to use all of the detailed names in the Title – you might just want to Title your picture as a “Gull”. See Appendix 2 following for a pretty complete list of bird species at the end.
    1. If you need to describe more than the species, perhaps the environment or the behaviour or amusing commentary, you can put that on the line below called “Description”.
    2. If you want to add some of all of the photos to an existing of new Album, you can do that from this same display before the upload is completed.
      1. Having completed all that tagging and labelling, you’re ready to add the photos to your Camera Roll. Click on the flashing “Upload ## Photos” in the top right corner. Flickr will “publish” those photos to your Camera Roll, and present your Photostream showing you all the pictures with the most recent ones first.
      2. At this point every photo you uploaded is in your Flickr account, but not in the DNCB Group. You can organize your photos into Albums, if you want to, by going to the Camera Roll, selecting the pictures you want to include (you can click on first and shift-click on last) and clicking on Add to Album in the menu across the bottom. You can add them to an existing Album of yours, or you can Create a new Album. A new Album just needs a title and optional description and you can call it anything you want without affecting how your photos are used in the DNCB.
      3. When looking at the Camera Roll or Photostream or a specific Album there is a dropdown menu on the right side of the Title line that says More. Under there is Organize – and you can use that to reorder the photos, make bulk edits, add the pictures to the Map, or add to a Group. Now we want to add these photos into the DNCB Group.
        1. At the bottom of that Organizr view is an area that Flickr calls the Findr. You can select an Album name, or enter the DNCB outing Number that you tagged all the photos with into the Search box, and Findr will show you all those pictures.
        2. Click “Select all” just above those little pictures to highlight / select all of the photos. Then click on one and drag them all up into the main Organizr space.
        3. The menu across the top of the Organizr space has a selection to “Send to group”. Everyone will be limited to only add 20 pictures per day. That is meant to encourage you to be selective and only upload the really good and useful photos. But if you have more than that which you really want to upload, you can do 20 more of them the next day and the next. If you try to upload more than 20 in one day it pops up a little message telling you to try again because it doesn’t know which 20 (of your many many excellent selected photos) it should put into the Group.For our initial test period, we have taken that limit away so you can put more of your pictures into the DNCB Group to get it started. Click on Send to Group, select the DNCB Group, and it will add your photos to the DNCB “photo pool”.

        If you want to geo-tag your photos and locate them on the Map, here is one way to do it. I don’t know if Flickr can process the geolocation if it is provided in the EXIF data if your camera has a GPS built-in. Regardless, here is one way. However you get into the Organizr, and however you find a group of photos in the Findr, then call up the Map from the Organizr menu across the top. Position the map to the place you want (pan and zoom), select the desired photos from the Findr area and drag and drop that selection on the map. You’ll have a little “dot” associated with the selection and you can drop that dot anywhere to place those photos at that spot.

        1. Let’s go see what it looks like in the Group (Beta version). Under your regular account display there are a couple of ways to get to the display of the Groups which you belong to. As time goes on, you are likely to want to belong to a large number of other groups just because they’re interesting. Some you might think about as a Birder are:
          • Birds Photos
          • Birds birds birds birds!
          • Field Guide: Birds of British Columbia, Canada
          • Owls
          • Wild Birds of North America
          • Raptors of North America
          • BirdWatching Magazine
          • The Birds of British Columbia
          • Shorebirds of British Columbia
          • British Columbia Birds

    But for now let’s just go to the Group called DNCB. The default display is the Photo Pool. On the line just above the pictures, at the right side edge, there is a magnifying glass. This is the tool that everyone will use to find the particular pictures they want, and it will rely on the information you have provided about each picture for them to find it. People might also look at the Map to see where we have been.

    We have put specific information in Appendix 1 (Locations) and Appendix 2 (Species) so that you can all identify things in a consistent way, so that everyone else can find them. When you click the search magnifying glass, the search panel above starts with DNCB and Photos in it and space for you to type. What can you type?

      • The DNCB Blog Outing Number YYYY-## which you would know if you read the Blog.
      • The Location, the one word meaning the place where we went, according to the tags given in Appendix 1.
      • The Species, one or more of the words that are listed in Appendix 2 to describe all the birds we find around Vancouver.
      • Any other word(s) you want, but it may be that no one has tagged their photos with those words … it’s a crap shoot!
      • Search is for whole words only e.g. a search for “yellowlegs” could show several photos, but a search for “yellow” could show nothing. Likewise, a search for “yellow-” would not show photos of yellow-rumped warblers.
      • There is no “clear” button to remove the filter – instead you just delete the search terms from the search box.
      • Clicking the X in the search box will cause the search to revert to all Flickr photos, instead of being restricted to the DNCB group. The search results are subsequently divided between people you follow and everyone else. It probably shows you a LOT more pictures than you were actually looking for.

One thing that I don’t like too much is that, for a non-experienced Flickr user (without a Flickr ID), once you get to a subset of the DNCB Group Photo Pool, it is VERY easy to go wandering off into some photographer’s work, other groups, then other photographers and other pictures that have nothing to do with what you came there to look at. I don’t think there’s any way (or any desire for Flickr to try) to keep people within a certain context once they get there. We’ll have to try to educate our viewers.

  1. For any set of pictures that were shown to you, in the whole Group Pool or in some search subset, you can click on any Photo to see a larger image and find out more about it. Below the image you can see the name of the photographer, the Title and Description that you set when you were uploading, the Date, information about which Camera settings were used, details about the privacy and searchability. From there you can scroll through the other pictures that were in your search results. On any picture you can click on it to expand it / make it larger so you see more, and click again to go back to normal size.  You, or anyone who has a Flickr ID, can add a comment.  Unfortunately, we cannot make it possible for non-Flickr users to add comments. But even if you don’t have a Flickr ID, you can click on links in the details to take you to the Photographer’s site, or just the Album that contains this photo.  It should make it very easy for the general DNCB Blog viewer to find out what we’ve done lately, and find more pictures from any particular photographer.  There’s really so much more in what you can do in Flickr, especially how you can connect with others and share your photos.  This write-up was focussed more on what you need to do for using Flickr for the DNCB and how you can make it easier for everyone else to find your photos.  Please fool around and try things out within your own Flickr account, but be a little careful about what you might put into the DNCB group. We’d like to have a well enough structured use of this flexible tool that it will give value to all those people out there who don’t take pictures and don’t have any idea what tagging a photo means.Problems? If you have any issues or problems or want to do something more than adding and editing your Photos and your Albums, please contact the Administrators for the DNCB Group – Jack MacDonald or Glen Bodie.

Appendix 1: Recommended tags to use for Location

In order for the Flickr searching to be able to find your pictures based on the location where they were taken, we all have to use the same tags for the same locations. If I tag a picture with “Boundary” and you tag it with “BBRP” then no search will ever find both of our pictures … it is as though they were taken in different places.

This Appendix is also in a Discussion on the DNCB Group but only group members can see that.

The source for this list is all the sites I could find where we have already visited, and I picked one word tags to represent that. If we ever want to change any of these there may be a LOT of pictures to edit to make corrections, so let’s recommend any changes quickly, and then live with it!

Tag to use in Flickr Full name of this Location
Alaksen Alaksen National Wildlife Area, Delta, BC
Ambleside Ambleside Park, West Vancouver, BC
Barnston Barnston Island, Surrey, BC
Blackie Blackie Spit, Surrey, BC
Blaine Blaine Wharf, Drayton Harbor, Semiahmoo Resort, Washington, USA
Blakeburn Blakeburn Lagoon, Port Coquitlam, BC
Bloedel Bloedel Conservatory, Vancouver, BC
BoundaryBay Boundary Bay Regional Park, Delta, BC
BowenIsland Bowen Island, BC
Brunswick Brunswick Point, Delta, BC
BrydonHiKnoll Brydon Lagoon and Hi-Knoll Park, Langley, BC
Burnaby Burnaby Mountain and Burnaby Lake, Burnaby, BC
BurnsBog Burns Bog, Delta, BC
Camosun Camosun Bog, Vancouver, BC
Campbell Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley, BC
Cates Cates Park, North Vancouver, BC
Cheam Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional Park, Chilliwack, BC
Colony Colony Farm Regional Park, Port Coquitlam, BC
Cypress Yew Lake, Cypress Mountain Park, Bowen Lookout, West Vancouver, BC
Deas Deas Island Regional Park, Delta, BC
DeBoville DeBoville Slough, Coquitlam, BC
DeerLake Deer Lake Park, Burnaby, BC
Derby Derby Reach Regional Park, Langley, BC
Dike Boundary Bay Dike at various cross streets, Delta and Surrey, BC
DikeRichmond The Dike around Lulu Island (Richmond), BC
Dollarton Dollarton and Deep Cove, BC
Elgin Elgin Heritage Park, Surrey, BC
Ferry Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal Causeway, Delta, BC
GulfIslands Salt Spring Island, Mayne, etc etc, BC
Harrison Harrison Mills, BC
Iona Iona Beach Regional Park, Richmond, BC
Jackman Jackman Wetlands, Aldergrove, BC
Jericho Jericho Beach, Vancouver, BC
Ladner Ladner Harbour Park and South Arm Marsh, Delta, BC
LighthousePark Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, BC
Lily Lily Point, Point Roberts, Washington, USA
LittleCampbell Little Campbell River, Hatchery & Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club, BC
Manning E C Manning Provincial Park, BC
MaplewoodFlats Maplewood Flats Conservation Area, North Vancouver, BC
MillLake Mill Lake, Abbotsford, BC
Minnekhada Minnekhada Regional Park, Coquitlam, BC
MtBaker Mt Baker, Washington, USA
MudBay Mud Bay Park, Surrey, BC
North40 North 40 Dog Park, Delta, BC
Pier – see WhiteRock White Rock Pier, White Rock, BC
Pitt Pitt Polder Ecological Reserve and Pitt Lake and Grant Narrows, BC
PointRoberts Lighthouse Marine Park, Point Roberts, Washington, USA
PortMoody Port Moody, BC
QEPark Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver, BC
Reifel George C Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC
SanJuan San Juan Islands, Washington, USA
Serpentine Serpentine Fen, Surrey, BC
SFU Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
Skagit Skagit Valley, Washington, BC
StanleyPark Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC
Steveston Steveston, BC
Sunnyside Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest, Surrey, BC
SurreyBend Surrey Bend Regional Park, Surrey, BC
Tennant Tennant Lake Park, Ferndale, Washington, USA
TerraNova Terra Nova Rural Park, Richmond, BC
Tynehead Tynehead Regional Park, Surrey, BC
UBC UBC Botanical Gardens, Vancouver, BC
VanDusen Van Dusen Gardens, Vancouver, BC
Whidbey Whidbey Island, Washington, USA
Whitehorn Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve, Blaine, Washington, USA
WhiteRock White Rock Pier, White Rock, BC
Whytecliff Whytecliff Park, West Vancouver, BC

Tags for Events

There are other DNCB Events for which we take pictures, and they should use the following tags on all those uploaded photos so that they can be found by people.  All DNCB bird watching outings have a number – and a complete list of them is provided in the DNCB blog website under “Previous Outings”.  These Event tags serve the same purpose.

Tag to use in Flickr Full Meaning of the Tag
AnimalExpo Animal Expo in Memorial Park, Ladner, BC
BBPA “Boundary Bay Park Association” including “Cammidge House Committee”
BIFV Birds in Focus – Visual Presentation
BIFW Birds in Focus – Photography Workshop
BootSale Car Boot Sale at Centennial Beach, can also use Event tag “BBPA”
BOTB “Birds on the Bay”, can also use Location tag “BoundaryBay”
CasualOuting Something that’s not an official DNS/DNCB outing
CBC Christmas Bird Count
ChristmasBirdCount Christmas Bird Count
DayAtTheFarm Day at the Farm on Westham Island, Delta, BC
FathersDay Father’s Day Breakfast, Sunday in the Park at Centennial Beach, can also use Location tag “BoundaryBay”
GardenParty Delta Naturalists’ Society annual Garden Party
LandFill Open House at the Vancouver Landfill, Delta, BC
MothersDay Mother’s Day Tea with the Birds at Cammidge House, can also use Event tag “BBPA” and/or Location tag “BoundaryBay”
NestBox Delta Nats Nesting Box Maintenance, many Location tags possible
OwlNestBox Specific for the Nest Box folks maintaining the Owl Nest Boxes
RaptorFestival Richmond Raptor Festival in Terra Nova Park, so can also use Location tag “TerraNova”
StarryNight Starry Night on Deas Island, so can also use Location tag “Deas”
Watershed Fish Release at Watershed Park, North Delta, BC

More Location tags and Event tags can be added at any time. If you can’t find one that matches what you need, ask one of the DNCB Flickr Admins (Jack and Glen).

We’re hoping to figure out a way that the drop-down list for picking these tags can get pre-populated for you with all the “right” tags.

Appendix 2: Recommended naming to use for Species

In order for the Flickr searching to be able to find your pictures based on the specific species of bird, we all have to use the same names for the same birds. If I title a picture with “Heron” and you title it with “GBH” then no search will ever find both of our pictures … it is as though they were taken of different birds.

With birds it is a little different than Locations because you can always title a bird to different levels of detail. For example, it may be a Sparrow, and Golden-crowned, and a male, and a juvenile. That’s 4 words in the Title. You can imagine someone searching for all the Sparrows, or just all the Golden-crowned (and Sparrow too to make sure they don’t get a Golden-crowned Kinglet by mistake), or maybe all the male Sparrows, or maybe all the juvenile male anythings.

The source for this list is all the Nature Vancouver Seasonal Check List (August 2013) at For any given species in your photo you do NOT have to use all of the detailed names in the Title – you might just want to Title your picture as a “Gull”. This list is sorted alphabetically by the Main Name of the species.

This Appendix is also in a Discussion on the DNCB Group but only group members can see that.

You may disagree with the way some of the birds are named in this list – that’s why I used Nature Vancouver as my source! If we ever want to change any of these there may be a LOT of pictures to edit to make corrections, so let’s recommend any changes quickly, and then live with it!

As well as this list, you can also add other qualifier words to the Title field for the full-text search. But let’s all be consistent and use this same set:

    • Male, Female, Pair
    • Juvenile, Immature, Moulting, Eclipsed

Anything in Italics in this table is optional – common or useful, but not the official name of the Species. I added them so that someone searching for a Duck would find a Bufflehead, for example.

Name of Species Main Name Name of Species Main Name
Siberian Accentor Accentor Barn Owl Owl
Laysan Albatross Albatross Barred Owl Owl
Cassin’s Auklet Auklet Boreal Owl Owl
Rhinoceros Auklet Auklet Burrowing Owl Owl
American Avocet Avocet Flammulated Owl Owl
American Bittern Bittern Great Gray Owl Owl
Least Bittern Bittern Great Horned Owl Owl
Brewer’s Blackbird Blackbird Long-eared Owl Owl
Red-winged Blackbird Blackbird Northern Saw-whet Owl Owl
Rusty Blackbird Blackbird Short-eared Owl Owl
Yellow-headed Blackbird Blackbird Snowy Owl Owl
Mountain Bluebird Bluebird Spotted Owl Owl
Western Bluebird Bluebird Black Oystercatcher Oystercatcher
Red-flanked Bluetail Bluetail Gray Partridge Partridge
Bobolink Bobolink Northern Parula Parula
Brambling Brambling American White Pelican Pelican
Brant Goose Brant Brown Pelican Pelican
Bufflehead Duck Bufflehead Red Phalarope Phalarope
Indigo Bunting Bunting Red-necked Phalarope Phalarope
Lark Bunting Bunting Wilson’s Phalarope Phalarope
Lazuli Bunting Bunting Ring-necked Pheasant Pheasant
McKay’s Bunting Bunting Black Phoebe Phoebe
Painted Bunting Bunting Eastern Phoebe Phoebe
Snow Bunting Bunting Say’s Phoebe Phoebe
Bushtit Bushtit Band-tailed Pigeon Pigeon
Canvasback Duck Canvasback Rock Pigeon Pigeon
Gray Catbird Catbird Northern Pintail Pintail
Yellow-breasted Chat Chat American Pipit Pipit
Black-capped Chickadee Chickadee Red-throated Pipit Pipit
Boreal Chickadee Chickadee Black-bellied Plover Plover
Chestnut-backed Chickadee Chickadee Mountain Plover Plover
Mountain Chickadee Chickadee Semipalmated Plover Plover
Eurasian Collared-Dove Collared-Dove Snowy Plover Plover
American Coot Coot Common Poorwill Poorwill
Brandt’s Cormorant Cormorant Rock Ptarmigan Ptarmigan
Double-crested Cormorant Cormorant White-tailed Ptarmigan Ptarmigan
Pelagic Cormorant Cormorant Tufted Puffin Puffin
Brown-headed Cowbird Cowbird Northern Pygmy-Owl Pygmy-Owl
Sandhill Crane Crane California Quail Quail
Brown Creeper Creeper Virginia Rail Rail
Red Crossbill Crossbill Yellow Rail Rail
White-winged Crossbill Crossbill Common Raven Raven
Northwestern Crow Crow Redhead Redhead
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Cuckoo Common Redpoll Redpoll
Bristle-thighed Curlew Curlew Hoary Redpoll Redpoll
Far Eastern Curlew Curlew Spotted Redshank Redshank
Little Curlew Curlew American Redstart Redstart
Long-billed Curlew Curlew Painted Redstart Redstart
Dickcissel Dickcissel American Robin Robin
American Dipper Dipper Ruff Ruff
Mourning Dove Dove Sanderling Sanderling
Oriental Turtle-Dove Turtle-Dove Baird’s Sandpiper Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher Dowitcher Buff-breasted Sandpiper Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher Dowitcher Curlew Sandpiper Sandpiper
Black Duck Duck Least Sandpiper Sandpiper
Harlequin Duck Duck Pectoral Sandpiper Sandpiper
Long-tailed Duck Duck Rock Sandpiper Sandpiper
Ring-necked Duck Duck Semipalmated Sandpiper Sandpiper
Ruddy Duck Duck Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Sandpiper
Tufted Duck Duck Solitary Sandpiper Sandpiper
Wood Duck Duck Spoonbill Sandpiper Sandpiper
Dunlin Dunlin Spotted Sandpiper Sandpiper
Bald Eagle Eagle Stilt Sandpiper Sandpiper
Golden Eagle Eagle Upland Sandpiper Sandpiper
Cattle Egret Egret Western Sandpiper Sandpiper
Great Egret Egret White-rumped Sandpiper Sandpiper
Snowy Egret Egret Wood Sandpiper Sandpiper
Common Eider Eider Lesser Sand-Plover Sand-Plover
King Eider Eider Red-breasted Sapsucker Sapsucker
Peregrine Falcon Falcon Red-naped Sapsucker Sapsucker
Prairie Falcon Falcon Williamson’s Sapsucker Sapsucker
Fieldfare Fieldfare Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sapsucker
Cassin’s Finch Finch Greater Scaup Scaup
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch Finch Lesser Scaup Scaup
House Finch Finch Black Scoter Scoter
Purple Finch Finch Surf Scoter Scoter
Northern Flicker Flicker White-winged Scoter Scoter
Alder Flycatcher Flycatcher Western Screech-Owl Screech-Owl
Ash-throated Flycatcher Flycatcher Western Scrub-Jay Scrub-Jay
Dusky Flycatcher Flycatcher Black-vented Shearwater Shearwater
Hammond’s Flycatcher Flycatcher Short-tailed Shearwater Shearwater
Least Flycatcher Flycatcher Sooty Shearwater Shearwater
Olive-sided Flycatcher Flycatcher Northern Shoveler Shoveler
Pacific-slope Flycatcher Flycatcher Loggerhead Shrike Shrike
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Flycatcher Northern Shrike Shrike
Willow Flycatcher Flycatcher Pine Siskin Siskin
Magnificent Frigatebird Frigatebird South Polar Skua Skua
Northern Fulmar Fulmar Smew Smew
Gadwall Duck Gadwall Wilson’s Snipe Snipe
Common Gallinule Gallinule Townsend’s Solitaire Solitaire
Garganey Duck Garganey Sora Rail Sora
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Gnatcatcher American Tree Sparrow Sparrow
Bar-tailed Godwit Godwit Baird’s Sparrow Sparrow
Hudsonian Godwit Godwit Black-throated Sparrow Sparrow
Marbled Godwit Godwit Brewer’s Sparrow Sparrow
Barrow’s Goldeneye Goldeneye Chipping Sparrow Sparrow
Common Goldeneye Goldeneye Clay-colored Sparrow Sparrow
American Golden-Plover Golden-Plover Fox Sparrow Sparrow
Pacific Golden-Plover Golden-Plover Golden-crowned Sparrow Sparrow
American Goldfinch Goldfinch Grasshopper Sparrow Sparrow
Lesser Goldfinch Goldfinch Harris’ Sparrow Sparrow
Cackling Goose Goose House Sparrow Sparrow
Canada Goose Goose Lark Sparrow Sparrow
Emperor Goose Goose Lincoln’s Sparrow Sparrow
Greater White-fronted Goose Goose Nelson’s Sparrow Sparrow
Ross’ Goose Goose Sagebrush Sparrow Sparrow
Snow Goose Goose Savannah Sparrow Sparrow
Northern Goshawk Goshawk Song Sparrow Sparrow
Common Grackle Grackle Swamp Sparrow Sparrow
Clark’s Grebe Grebe Vesper Sparrow Sparrow
Eared Grebe Grebe White-crowned Sparrow Sparrow
Horned Grebe Grebe White-throated Sparrow Sparrow
Pied-billed Grebe Grebe European Starling Starling
Red-necked Grebe Grebe Black-necked Stilt Stilt
Western Grebe Grebe Little Stint Stint
Black-headed Grosbeak Grosbeak Red-necked Stint Stint
Evening Grosbeak Grosbeak Temminck’s Stint Stint
Pine Grosbeak Grosbeak Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel Storm-Petrel
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Grosbeak Leach’s Storm-Petrel Storm-Petrel
Ruffed Grouse Grouse Surfbird Surfbird
Sooty Grouse Grouse Bank Swallow Swallow
Pigeon Guillemot Guillemot Barn Swallow Swallow
Black-headed Gull Gull Cave Swallow Swallow
Bonaparte’s Gull Gull Cliff Swallow Swallow
California Gull Gull Northern Rough-winged Swallow Swallow
Franklin’s Gull Gull Tree Swallow Swallow
Glaucous Gull Gull Violet-green Swallow Swallow
Glaucous-winged Gull Gull Mute Swan Swan
Heermann’s Gull Gull Trumpeter Swan Swan
Herring Gull Gull Tundra Swan Swan
Iceland Gull Gull Black Swift Swift
Ivory Gull Gull Vaux’s Swift Swift
Laughing Gull Gull White-throated Swift Swift
Little Gull Gull Western Tanager Tanager
Mew Gull Gull Wandering Tattler Tattler
Ring-billed Gull Gull Baikal Teal Teal
Sabine’s Gull Gull Blue-winged Teal Teal
Slaty-backed Gull Gull Cinnamon Teal Teal
Thayer’s Gull Gull Green-winged Teal Teal
Western Gull Gull Arctic Tern Tern
Gyrfalcon Gyrfalcon Black Tern Tern
Northern Harrier Harrier Caspian Tern Tern
Broad-winged Hawk Hawk Common Tern Tern
Cooper’s Hawk Hawk Elegant Tern Tern
Red-tailed Hawk Hawk Forster’s Tern Tern
Rough-legged Hawk Hawk Brown Thrasher Thrasher
Sharp-shinned Hawk Hawk Sage Thrasher Thrasher
Swainson’s Hawk Hawk Dusky Thrush Thrush
Northern Hawk-Owl Hawk-Owl Hermit Thrush Thrush
Great Blue Heron Heron Swainson’s Thrush Thrush
Green Heron Heron Varied Thrush Thrush
Anna’s Hummingbird Hummingbird Green-tailed Towhee Towhee
Black-chinned Hummingbird Hummingbird Spotted Towhee Towhee
Calliope Hummingbird Hummingbird Black Turnstone Turnstone
Costa’s Hummingbird Hummingbird Ruddy Turnstone Turnstone
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Hummingbird Veery Veery
Rufous Hummingbird Hummingbird Cassin’s Vireo Vireo
Long-tailed Jaeger Jaeger Hutton’s Vireo Vireo
Parasitic Jaeger Jaeger Philadelphia Vireo Vireo
Pomarine Jaeger Jaeger Red-eyed Vireo Vireo
Blue Jay Jay Warbling Vireo Vireo
Gray Jay Jay Turkey Vulture Vulture
Steller’s Jay Jay Eastern Yellow Wagtail Wagtail
Dark-eyed Junco Junco White Wagtail Wagtail
American Kestrel Kestrel Black-and-white Warbler Warbler
Killdeer Killdeer Blackpoll Warbler Warbler
Eastern Kingbird Kingbird Black-throated Blue Warbler Warbler
Tropical Kingbird Kingbird Black-throated Gray Warbler Warbler
Western Kingbird Kingbird Black-throated Green Warbler Warbler
Belted Kingfisher Kingfisher Canada Warbler Warbler
Golden-crowned Kinglet Kinglet Chestnut-sided Warbler Warbler
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Kinglet Golden-winged Warbler Warbler
White-tailed Kite Kite Hermit Warbler Warbler
Black-legged Kittiwake Kittiwake Hooded Warbler Warbler
Great Knot Knot MacGillivray’s Warbler Warbler
Red Knot Knot Magnolia Warbler Warbler
Horned Lark Lark Nashville Warbler Warbler
Sky Lark Lark Orange-crowned Warbler Warbler
Chestnut-collared Longspur Longspur Palm Warbler Warbler
Lapland Longspur Longspur Prothonotary Warbler Warbler
McCown’s Longspur Longspur Tennessee Warbler Warbler
Smith’s Longspur Longspur Townsend’s Warbler Warbler
Common Loon Loon Virginia’s Warbler Warbler
Pacific Loon Loon Wilson’s Warbler Warbler
Red-throated Loon Loon Yellow Warbler Warbler
Yellow-billed Loon Loon Yellow-rumped Warbler Warbler
Black-billed Magpie Magpie Northern Waterthrush Waterthrush
Mallard Duck Mallard Bohemian Waxwing Waxwing
Purple Martin Martin Cedar Waxwing Waxwing
Western Meadowlark Meadowlark Northern Wheatear Wheatear
Common Merganser Merganser Whimbrel Whimbrel
Hooded Merganser Merganser American Wigeon Wigeon
Red-breasted Merganser Merganser Eurasian Wigeon Wigeon
Merlin Merlin Willet Willet
Northern Mockingbird Mockingbird Acorn Woodpecker Woodpecker
Common Murre Murre American Three-toed Woodpecker Woodpecker
Ancient Murrelet Murrelet Black-backed Woodpecker Woodpecker
Marbled Murrelet Murrelet Downy Woodpecker Woodpecker
Crested Myna Myna Hairy Woodpecker Woodpecker
Common Nighthawk Nighthawk Lewis’ Woodpecker Woodpecker
Lesser Nighthawk Nighthawk Pileated Woodpecker Woodpecker
Black-crowned Night-Heron Night-Heron Western Wood-Pewee Wood-Pewee
Clark’s Nutcracker Nutcracker Bewick’s Wren Wren
Pygmy Nuthatch Nuthatch House Wren Wren
Red-breasted Nuthatch Nuthatch Marsh Wren Wren
White-breasted Nuthatch Nuthatch Pacific Wren Wren
Baltimore Oriole Oriole Rock Wren Wren
Bullock’s Oriole Oriole Sedge Wren Wren
Hooded Oriole Oriole Greater Yellowlegs Yellowlegs
Osprey Osprey Lesser Yellowlegs Yellowlegs
Ovenbird Ovenbird Common Yellowthroat Yellowthroat

Appendix 3: Priority features and how they are supported within Flickr

  1. Single URL that unknown users without IDs can use to get to all our Albums of pictures
    Flickr: yes
  2. Albums can be ordered (automatically?) with most recent first
    Flickr: Albums are only on individual sites, not Groups and there are various ways to arrange them
  3. Albums contain the following information: geo location, description, date, photog name
    Flickr: yes
  4. Pictures contain the following information: geo location, caption/name of the bird, date, photog name, at reasonably high resolution
    Flickr: yes
  5. Easy to upload photos to the site and into an Album from the photogs computer, preferably with some bulk processing tools to set information onto the pictures
    Flickr: yes
  6. Low or zero cost for the DNS
    Flickr: yes, might be cost if we want to avoid some Ads on our photo collections
  7. Room to hold enough pictures for the foreseeable future. In Picasa we had 314 folders with about 30 pictures in each folder and each picture was an average of 600 kb, so that’s almost 10,000 pictures or 6000 Mb and leaving room for the future we’d want 10 times that = 60 Gb
    Flickr: 1 Tb. If each picture was 3 Gb that is over 300,000 pictures. Current Picasa site has about 10,000 pictures so that is 30 times more.
  8. Easy to find a picture if you just remember the name of the bird or the approximate date, etc
    Flickr: has extensive search capability BUT the search can only be effective if we have some discipline about how we name and tag the pictures
  9. A solution that is very good for going forward and HOPEFULLY one to which we can easily add our old Picasa and Google Photos Albums.
    Flickr: going forward is good. Still remains to be seen if we can extract what we have in Picasa and Google Photos and manage to upload that to Flickr. We’ll work on that, but not a sure thing.
  10. Ability for photogs to maintain copyright of their pictures even when presenting them publicly.
    Flickr: yes